L vs S Challenge #2

As many of you know, Susan and I are having our inaugural Winter Craft Fair this year.  With the planning for the Craft Fair, the start of the new school and cadet year for my son, his birthday and just general life’s busyness, this Challenge should have gone out last week.  Thankfully I have a very understanding friend who was “chill” when I started stressing about getting this done.

Susan and I got together and decided that the “sameness” we would have this project would be using the same stamp set.  This is one of Susan’s stamp set called Botanical Border that was part of freebie from the Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine (issue 179).  I love these UK card magazine.

Susan and I have such different styles as you can see from our end products.


Susan choose to make a birthday card using craft paper that has a gold embossed inlay.  Using Versamark, she stamped over the paper and then heat embossed in white.  Susan used an oval die cut to out a portion of the paper.  Using one of the saying from the set, she stamped the birthday greeting on white card stock.  She centred the greeting on the craft paper oval.  Though it does not show up well in the photo, she put foam mounting tabs under the oval to give it dimension.  On the inside she stamped a birthday saying in gold and added some tiny gold butterflies for embellishment.  

I choose to make a cover for a pad of paper that I wanted to use at work.  I stamped the roses in black on the pink paper, adjusting the direction of the stamp.  For the saying card, I used the same stamp that Susan used, adding an encouraging phrase.  After taping the phrasing to the rose paper, it looked like something was missing.  I have seen crafters use a strip of glue and then sprinkle glitter over top.  This leaves a nice crisp line and though I really like this technique, I should have done something different with this project – some other way of adding some pizzazz.   

I love Susan’s style and combinations of paper.  I would have never tried what she did but that is the reason why we do these challenges.  We learn from each other.